Metropolitan Police to Roll-Out Police Body Cameras

22nd December 2015

The Mayor of London and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police confirmed in November 2015 that plans were moving ahead to introduce Police body worn video to all front line Police Officers. The Police have signed a contract to obtain 22,000 body worn video devices with the first deliveries due in early 2016. This follows […]

High Number of Mental Health Referrals

21st December 2015

December has seen figures emerge for the number of patients sent out of area for mental health treatment. More than 2,000 people per month are referred outside of their area for treatment due a shortage of beds in mental health facilities. According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre more than 500 of them end […]

Ben Hoare Bell Christmas Opening Hours

18th December 2015

All of our offices will close at 12.30pm on Thursday 24th December 2015 and will reopen at 9am on Monday 4th January 2016. We will continue to provide our out of hours’ service for criminal cases both at the police station and court throughout this period. If you have a query about a police station […]

Police Officer Arrested Over Fatal Shooting

On 17 December 2015 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) attended a community meeting in Tottenham in relation to the death of Jermaine Baker who died as the result of a single gunshot wound during a Police operation on 11 December 2015. The IPCC announced a Firearms Officer had been arrested on the afternoon of […]

Police Firearms Officer Suspended after Fatal Shooting

17th December 2015

In an unusual turn of events the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced on Monday 14 December 2015 that it had launched a criminal homicide investigation into the death of Jermaine Baker who died on 11 December 2015 as a result of a single gunshot wound. A Scotland Yard Firearms Officers has been suspended from […]

Do I Have to Accept a Caution from the Police?

16th December 2015

Question: I was interviewed by the police for an allegation of theft and I did not have a Solicitor. I have now been asked to go back to the police station to accept a caution. Is this correct? I didn’t think I had done anything wrong and told the police that. Answer: When the police […]

Cris Offers Pro Bono Service for Transgender People

15th December 2015

Ben Hoare Bell Partner and Family Solicitor Cris McCurley has worked pro bono to help young transgender people in the local community. Cris has been able to help 15 young people to change their names by deed poll. This is a huge step for transgender people and enables them to feel more confident when they […]

Investigation into Fatal Shooting

14th December 2015

On Friday 11 December 2015 a man was shot dead by armed Metropolitan Police Officers in North London.  A 28 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene following a Police operation.  The same day the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who oversees the Police complaints system in England & Wales started an independent […]

Medomsley to be Included in Goddard Inquiry

On 27 November 2015 Hon Lowell Goddard announced details of the twelve initial investigations of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse set up by the Government. As one of the twelve initial investigations the inquiry will be looking into Medomsley Detention Centre, Consett, County Durham. This is separate to Durham Constabulary’s current criminal investigation […]

Difficulty with Personal Injury Claims

9th December 2015

At the budget Autumn statement the Chancellor of the Exchequer said that it will be more difficult in future to make personal injury compensation claims. George Osborne said 2 things: That it would not be possible at all in future to make claims for “minor” whiplash injuries; and That the limit for small claims would […]

Controversial Criminal Courts Charge to be Scrapped

3rd December 2015

Regular readers of our blog will recall we previously wrote about the controversial Criminal Courts Charge that was being imposed on top of fines, compensation, prosecution costs and victim surcharges on all Defendants appearing in court and pleading guilty or being found guilty of criminal offences. As we mentioned in the last blog it was particularly […]

Police Apologise for Undercover Officers

On 20 November 2015 the Metropolitan Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt issued an apology to seven women who brought claims against the Metropolitan Police after being tricked into intimate sexual relationships with undercover Police Officers.  The relationships took place over 25 years by five Officers from two undercover Police Units – the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) […]

We are Recruiting!

We are currently recruiting an experienced Criminal Solicitor (preferably 1-5 years’ PQE). The post will be based at one of our offices in Byker, Sunderland or Gateshead. The successful candidate will be required to participate in the department out of hours’ service. This includes both the Police Station and Court rotas. Salary will be commensurate with […]

Northumbria University Contribution Roll

2nd December 2015

We were delighted to sponsor the Contribution Roll again this year. This is an annual award available to all law students at Northumbria University. The award recognises outstanding student contributions to the Law School. Many of the recipients of the award this year were nominated by their tutors and fellow students. This is a great achievement as […]

Death in Custody – North Yorkshire Police

On 30 November 2015 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found no case to answer for any Officer following an investigation into the death of a woman detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. Toni Speck was taken into custody on 2 June 2011 after reports of erratic behaviour.  She was described as being in […]